ST. CLOUD -- Xcel Energy crews are working to assess damage and restore power to thousands of customers in the St. Cloud area Friday afternoon.

Approximately 3,500 customers lost power due to damage from high winds and severe weather.

Power is expected to be restored to customers late this evening.

Hazardous road conditions are slowing the ability of crews to reach the affected areas and in some areas crews are on scene, but visibility is too low to make the repairs.

Xcel Energy is asking for your patience as they work to restore service as quickly as possible.